By Mike O'Connor
This most up-to-date e-book at the Airfields & Airmen of the 1st global battle covers the earliest days of the RFC with the retreat from Mons. We stopover at the graves of Fokker Eindecker aces and the airfields the place the 1st Jastas have been shaped. additionally lined are airfields from which Allied aces reminiscent of Beauchamp Proctor VC flew and there's a stopover at to the yank cemetery at Bony that includes a variety of aviators.
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There are directions from one site to another. The much of the Cambrai area is predominantly agricultural and therefore the directions are reasonably simple. I would strongly suggest that paying a few francs for the yellow Michelin 1/200,000 scale map covering the area is a sound investment, particularly the edition that has all the Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries marked. These maps have a separate insert giving the cemetery location decodes. AERODROMES For most aerodrome entries there is an associated plan, with present day buildings annotated.
Ben Strange, brother of Louis Strange. Gilbert, known as Ben, was born in February 1899 and had been a student at St Edward’s School, Oxford, from October 1912 until April 1916. During 1917 he was a Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, before being commissioned into the Dorset Regiment. He learned to fly at the Central Flying School in late 1917, and on graduation was retained as an instructor. His intended destination was to have been 85 Squadron but instead, on 13 May 1918, he was posted to 40 Squadron, also operating the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a.
In order for this not to be intrusive or interrupt the flow of the narrative I have abbreviated where possible. Thus instead of writing, for example, See Airfields and Airmen: Ypres page 147, this has now been reduced to Ypres, page 147. The military background of the Cambrai area In July 1915 the expanding British army took over the line north of the River Somme from the French. Number 3 Wing of the RFC, consisting of Nos. 4, 8 and 11 Squadrons, moved down from St Omer to support the Third Army, and in January 1916 III Brigade was formed.
Airfields & Airmen Cambrai by Mike O'Connor